Mikaela Shiffrin remains in pursuit of the record for career World Cup wins following a second-place finish Sunday in slalom.
The 27-year-old American skier sits one short of Ingemar Stenmark’s overall record of 86 wins. The Swedish skier retired from World Cup competition in 1989.
Already this season Shiffrin has broken Lindsey Vonn’s record of women’s World Cup wins. Vonn retired in 2019 with 82 wins; Shiffrin surpassed her with a giant slalom win last Tuesday and then claimed two more wins Wednesday and Saturday to reach 85 overall.
From 2011, the first Slalom race to now... with all this in between 🤯🤯5⃣2⃣ Wins 1⃣4⃣ second place 8⃣ third 2⃣ fourth 3⃣ fifth 2⃣ seventh 3⃣ eighth 2⃣ ninth1⃣ tenth 1⃣ eleventh 1⃣ twelfth1⃣ fifteenth 1⃣ twenty seventh 7⃣ DNF 2⃣ DNQ@MikaelaShiffrin #fisalpine pic.twitter.com/UKJBnRZEVu— FIS Alpine (@fisalpine) January 30, 2023
From 2011, the first Slalom race to now... with all this in between 🤯🤯5⃣2⃣ Wins 1⃣4⃣ second place 8⃣ third 2⃣ fourth 3⃣ fifth 2⃣ seventh 3⃣ eighth 2⃣ ninth1⃣ tenth 1⃣ eleventh 1⃣ twelfth1⃣ fifteenth 1⃣ twenty seventh 7⃣ DNF 2⃣ DNQ@MikaelaShiffrin #fisalpine pic.twitter.com/UKJBnRZEVu
Shiffrin’s next shot at Stenmark’s record will come in March, when the World Cup season resumes. The season will take a break for the skiing world championships, which are scheduled to run Feb. 6-19 in France. World championship races do not count as World Cup wins.
The next World Cup races for Shiffrin will be in Finland on March 4-5 or in Sweden the following week.
“I don’t have any expectations going into it,” Shiffrin said. “It’s just like every race of the season, trying to take it all in and enjoy — enjoy my skiing, enjoy when the other athletes are skiing better. Because there is always some to learn from that.”